Alessandra Vidal Meza is a fourth-year student at the University of Puget Sound. She will be graduating with majors in economics and environmental policy & decision making and minors in mathematics and global development studies. Originally from Perú, she is interested in development and climate economics. Alessandra has conducted independent research on Andean mothers’ social discounting amid extractive natural resource development and on the colonial systems for land clearing that incentivize informal employment among Black and Brown populations across the Brazilian Legal Amazon. At Puget Sound, she created and co-facilitated the course “Economics of Power and Inequality” and supports students as an Economics Course Assistant and Economics Subject Tutor. Alessandra is particularly passionate about equity and representation in higher education. She holds leadership positions in the Economics Student Peer Network and Undergraduate Women in Economics.